El Pasoans react to suspected DWI crash killing two construction workers
POSTED: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:53pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:22am
Every lane of I-10 in West El Paso is open, the freeway was supposed to be closed for a project that is now on pause following a deadly crash.
That crash happened around 2:30 Sunday morning, about 2 1/2 hours after crews shut down the freeway to get to work.
Police said an 18-year-old man was drunk when he slammed through the barricades at I-10 east and Schuster -- killing the two workers.
Crews should have been installing beams for the new freeway overpass by UTEP Sunday Night, instead, the project is now on hold and two men are dead:
"These people are putting their lives on the line by doing this job. It's not an easy job," said Irene Salom.
The two men killed were working on the Spur 1966 project.
One of the construction workers died at the scene, the other -- hours later at the hospital.
El Paso Police arrested an 18-year-old fort bliss soldier; they said he was drunk when his car crashed through the barricades.
KTSM cameras captured his car being loaded onto a tow truck.
El Pasoans said they're keeping the victims' families in their thoughts.
"I think it's time that we realize that this job is dangerous,” said Salom. “Obviously by what happened last night, it needs to be a wakeup call for people."
In a statement, TxDOT said quote "the work scheduled for Sunday will be done at a later date...as always, TxDOT urges drivers to use caution passing in or near any work zone and to heed all instructions regarding detours and speed."
I-10 was supposed to re-open at 6 a.m. Monday; instead -- with the project on hold -- all lanes were back open by 6 p.m.
The two men killed worked for a company called Crane services. Their names have not yet been released, neither has the name of the driver.